ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Ramsey County judge has decided a Stillwater man was mentally ill and didn’t realize the gravity of his fatal attack on his grandfather.

Thirty-year-old Timothy Novak was found not guilty of second-degree murder by reason of mental illness Monday. Novak was accused of choking and stabbing 83-year-old Eugene Novak at the grandfather’s condominium in Roseville last August. Novak had been hospitalized for schizophrenia and was out on a one day pass from a transitional living center when he drove to his grandfather’s place.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Judge Dale Lindman ordered Novak be committed to Regions Hospital’s psychiatric ward pending a referral of his case to probate court. A probate judge will determine whether Novak should be committed indefinitely.

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Comments (3)
  1. st paul says:

    This judge is mentally ill by the looks of it.

  2. Emlee says:

    Call, write and e-mail your Senator and Representative.
    Minnesota needs a “Guilty but Insane” sentencing option, rather than “Not Guilty by reason of insanity”.

  3. K. Daniels says:

    Obviously the writer has NO INSIGHT into the understanding of what mental illness is. Brain diseases are real and heartbreaking. Please try to educate yourself by checking out the NAMI website. You have a long road ahead. I hope you aquire some understanding and compassion in your heart and in your mind. It is hearbreaking for families and friends. The forensic psychologists and judge made the correct decision.

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